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Pride Month 2020

Pride Month 2020: LGBT+ Allies in Corporate India

The whole of June has the honour of being Pride Month 2020, a time of equal rights and celebration of sexual diversity and gender variance. More so, it's a time for straight allies who support LGBT+ inclusion at work and society. How did Pride Month begin? The month of June was chosen for LGBT Pride (a...
Sonu Sood tops the list of corona warriors from Bollywood

Sonu Sood, SRK and other Corona Warriors from Bollywood

He plays the baddie in Bollywood potboilers, but Sonu Sood has proved to be a hero figure in the global pandemic. He launched a toll-free helpline for stranded workers, airlifted 177 Odia girls stuck in Kerala and arranged buses for thousands of migrants in Mumbai to travel to their hometowns in other States. Sood's ‘Ghar...
CSR of Canpack India

CSR of Canpack India and Blue Star building confidence in school kids

Is basic education enough to build a bright future for children? This is a question corporate social responsibility has been addressing in the past few years as it moves beyond mere scholastic education to personality development. CSR programmes are increasingly making it their objective to prepare school kids from marginalised backgrounds for life in the...
Locusts attack Vidarbha, threaten food security and livelihoods

Locust Outbreak Threatens Food Security and Livelihoods

The locust swarms currently plaguing our nation pose an unprecedented threat to food security and livelihoods. It’s the worst desert locust outbreak India has witnessed in 27 years, and could leave lakhs of Indians struggling to feed themselves in the coming months because of the double threat of coronavirus.  Locust swarms have already destroyed vegetation...
Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020

Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020: Periods don’t stop for pandemics

Periods take centre-stage, since it’s Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 tomorrow. May 28 marks this annual day of awareness on MHM (Menstrual Hygiene Management), instituted in the year 2014 by German nonprofit WASH United. Let's talk #PeriodsInPandemics because #ItsTimeForAction! Menstrual Hygiene Day 2020 On Menstrual Hygiene Day last year, people around the world organised 726 on-the-ground events...
green transport

Green Transport Could Unlock More Jobs After Lockdown

The lockdown led to earth-shattering changes in the way we lead our lives, in the cultural fabric and in the way we move from one place to another. In many parts of the western world, public transport gave way to "active mobility" -- walking and cycling -- which have more scope as means of...
L’Oréal India scholarship

3 CSR Programmes Addressing Gender Parity in Education

India's poor ranking on the Gender Parity Index (GPI) goes to show just how much more CSR investment is needed to address gender parity in India. India slipped to the 112th rank in the annual Global Gender Gap Index 2020, announced the World Economic Forum in December 2019. Gender parity is a measure of...
aftermath of Cyclone Amphan

Cyclone Amphan disaster preparedness and relief measures

Cyclone Amphan made landfall along the coasts of Odisha and West Bengal on May 20th and wreaked havoc. Among the 10 affected districts, Balasore, Bhadrak, Kendrapara and Jagatsinghpur districts have been heavily affected due to the cyclone, where many trees and electric poles have been uprooted resulting in disruption of road communication, electricity and...
international day for biodiversity 2020

International Day for Biodiversity 2020 will be observed tomorrow

In 2000, the United Nations proclaimed 22nd May as the International Day for Biological Diversity to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. As we observe this day in our homes in the midst of a pandemic, let’s find out what makes biodiversity important for every living being on this planet (including us humans). Theme...
CSR for water security

CSR for Water Security by CLP India and Feedback Infra

Given the importance of water and sanitation to the economy and sustainable development, corporates have taken up projects in CSR for water security that make a larger impact on a region’s watershed and neighbouring communities. CSR for water security Between 2014 and 2018, Indian industry spent a total of INR 605.45 crores on providing safe drinking...

TCS & HUL lead in Best Practices for Talent Diversity

Talent diversity has major benefits for companies. Hiring employees from varied cultural backgrounds drives out-of-the-box thinking; since the teams are populated with people from diverse skills and (work as well as life) experiences, they bring a lot more to the table. TCS and HUL are two companies that have longrunning talent diversity programmes in...

World Telecommunication Day 2020: Telecom and CSR

The global telecom industry observes World Telecommunication Day 2020 today. The coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on telecom and brought with it a host of opportunities as well, as this video depicts: https://youtu.be/j4_ZHvms4Us Theme for World Telecommunication Day 2020 This year's theme “Connect 2030: ICTs for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)” highlights the ICT (Information and Communication...

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